Lucerne

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On CNR, W end of Yellowhead Lake, just SW of Yellowhead Pass, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°51'00''N, 118°33'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 83D/15

Origin Notes and History:

Lucern (Railway Station) adopted 17 January 1951 on Jasper Park North sheet, as long-identified on maps and in railway timetables; changed to Lucerne (locality) 31 May 1983 on 83 D/15.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Grand Trunk Pacific's Lucerne station opened in 1912 on the north side of Yellowhead Lake. Lucerne Station Post Office opened 15 March 1914 adjacent to Canadian Northern Railway (later CNR) station on the south side of Yellowhead Lake, G.D. Heal first Postmaster. CNR station closed 1924; Post Office closed 20 October 1926. Post Office re-opened as Lucerne Post Office 23 April 1942 on the north side of the lake, adjacent to Grand Trunk Pacific (later CPR) Railway line, L9384. A Japanese internment camp was located on the north side of the lake during WW II. Lucerne Post Office closed 15 August 1945.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named in 1912 by the Canadian Northern Railway because the site resembles the mountainous area surrounding Lucerne, Switzerland. See 1917 photograph of village in BC-Alberta Boundary Commission Report, Part II, p.21.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office